Just when you thought it was safe to drop by my blog and say hi without fear of being assaulted by my obsession with orange, I’m sorry, I’m going there again.
It’s not enough for me to lust after orange in my clothes, my shoes, my earrings and my rings. No, I need an orange fix on my lips too.
There is something about it that just makes my eyes pop … or takes attention away from the wrinkles around my eyes … or something.
Yes, it’s that whole statement lip thing, which I’ve been a bit evangelical about since jumping on board the bright lip train last year.
Our grandmothers were right, a bright lippy really does make a difference to your whole outlook.
Don’t worry, I haven’t ditched my glosses. They’re still all there – in my handbag, on my desk and bedside table – and if my lips are feeling a bit dry, that’s what I will first reach for.
But, if I’m stepping out and I want to put a little more icing on my outfit cake, I reach for a lippy.
And lately that lippy has been one of four shades of orange. Remember my Keeping it Real post from yesterday? Yep, that Napoleon Perdis Niki lipstick was just one of them.
Let’s have a look at the others shall we?
From left: Lime Crime Lipstick in My Beautiful Rocket @ Crush Cosmetics $19.95 | Maybelline NY Colour Sensational The Shine Lip Colour in Mango Diamonds $16.95 | Napoleon Perdis DeVine Goddess lipstick in Niki $35 | Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lipstick in Hula $12.95
Let me talk you through these babies. I was lucky enough to be sent them all for review purposes but I’d like to be able to help you narrow down ONE that may work for you.
Keeping in mind, orangey tones generally suit both brunettes and blondes; fair and dark complexions. It’s just a matter of finding your bestie in the orange lip department.
Lime Crime‘s offering is the one with the most punch of these four. It’s an in-your-face (or should that be on-your-face) orange but it doesn’t look ridiculous on me. I just have to be more precise with its application, ie it’s not one for a touch-up at traffic lights.
The Maybelline one has super shine … so it feels like a gloss but gives you more of a lippy lasting benefit. It’s also got a pink tone to the orange which might be your thing.
I gave Napoleon Perdis’ Niki a thumbs up on the blog yesterday and it’s not because of the name. Would I really be that shallow? Really? Oh, maybe sometimes. I’m no stranger to Napoleon Perdis oranges. I am fan of Harmonia (which is more coral than orange) and there is also a Hara in this range that is bright orange – both are out of stock at the moment but will be back – but I think Niki sits quite comfortably between the two.
Australis‘ Hula is a peachy orange, with a deeper pink undertone. The formula is moisturising and nourishing with a bunch of peptides, vitamins and minerals and antioxidants thrown in for your pouting pleasure.
Think you could pucker up an orange lip?
In more lip news, New York Fashion Week starts today (well the 9th, New York time) and to celebrate Maybelline NY has released a limited edition NYFW Baby Lips Lip Balm ($3.95) for the month of February. It’s a berry fragrance with an SPF20
My kids are mad for Baby Lips but they’re not getting their hands on this baby. It’s all mine.
If they want one they can try and win one of 10,000 of them here.